Victor Burgin

is an artist and writer. He is Professor Emeritus of History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Burgin’s academic books include, Situational Aesthetics (2009); The Remembered Film (2004); In/Different Spaces: Place and Memory in Visual Culture (1996); The End of Art Theory: Criticism and Postmodernity (1986); and Thinking Photography (1982). Burgin’s photographic and video work is represented in public collections including the MoMa in New York, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, The Tate Gallery in London, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.


“There is no need for the western political artist, too often a disaster tourist, to sail the seven seas looking for injustices to denounce. Inequality and exploitation saturate the ground on which we stand, they are in the grain of everyday life.” Conceptual artist Victor Burgin launches an excoriating attack on documentary art as the “new doxa”.

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